BIA looks at the year that was and the year ahead

The Beach Village BIA represents more than 300 businesses and service professionals. 2015 saw progress with its initiatives including community events, streetscaping and member promotion, all in the spirit of “bringing more feet to Queen Street.” Streetscaping is a significant component of a pedestrian-friendly, accessible, vibrant neighbourhood. The BIA street audit helped prioritize 2016 initiatives […]

Volunteerism starts with a simple question

During the holidays many of us make time to help those in need in our community.  While more people volunteer around Christmas, Chanukah and New Year’s than any other time, the needs of our vulnerable citizens continue throughout the year. At Community Centre 55’s Share A Christmas, hundreds of people gave their time, energy and […]

Time to support Syrian refugees any way we can

Between the evil of ISIS, Assad’s atrocities, and a brutal civil war, more than 4.2 million Syrians have been displaced. Other countries around the world have stepped up to do their part. It’s time for Canada to do the same. Our government has committed to provide sanctuary to 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of […]

Neighbours helping neighbours for Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and for most it is a festive time. But for some this is not the case. As Community Centre 55 begins making plans to once again feed those in our neighbourhood who might otherwise go hungry at Christmas, I am reaching out to the community to make this possible. […]

My hope: Positive change in parliament

Canadians wanted change, and we voted in record numbers to make that change happen. Voter turnout increased to 68 per cent across the country, and to 74 per cent here in Beaches-East York. In the end, Canadians cast their ballots for positive politics, a progressive platform, and a leader – our next Prime Minister Trudeau […]

In support of ranked ballots and term limits

They say that politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often, and for the same reason. The only group of people who don’t agree with this sentiment are politicians themselves – they are just fine with the status quo. At the last meeting of city council, my colleagues chose not to explore ways […]

The case for broadening Hydro One ownership

Probably the most controversial action taken since I was elected is the decision to sell off 60 per cent of Hydro One. I have heard from many constituents about the deal, and in this column will make the case for why it is the right thing for Ontario. Our mandate We do have a mandate […]

Shall we remember them?

Our National Day of Remembrance is approaching and as November 11 draws near, my discontent with the action taken by Royal Canadian Legion’s Ontario Provincial Command, to stop funding service dogs for wounded veterans, is increasing exponentially with each passing day. Recently, the Legion’s Ontario Provincial Command put a moratorium on the use of Poppy […]